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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:49 AM

The troubled Charleston Ballet Theatre announces restructuring plans.

Earlier this year, seven board members, including officers, resigned en masse, leaving the ballet with fewer than the 21 directors required by its bylaws. As a result, questions arose about its corporate status and ability to restructure a board with no quorum.

The ballet did not explain in its statement how the board could vote in new members. Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr issued a separate statement, but did not describe the election process, though she confirmed in an email that the bylaws had been changed by members of the old board.


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Perhaps most significantly, they've established a new board of directors, which will allow them to once again meet the requirements to qualify for funds as a nonprofit. The four new members include new board president Belinda Cole, who served as the board secretary for 25 years; vice president O'Neal Compton, who's also an actor, writer, and filmmaker; secretary Hannah Gillard, who works at Wells Fargo; and treasurer Joshua P. Cantwell of Young Clement Rivers. The board will be restructured into working committees that will present budgets to the full board.



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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:15 AM

A review of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance by Marcia B. Siegel in The Boston Phoenix.

The company history as told here is remarkably comprehensive, although it has some inevitable gaps. Robert Joffrey didn't choreograph often but the film devotes generous space to his 1967 Astarte, a sensational, multimedia duet to commissioned rock music that brought the liberated avant-garde uptown. Astarte touched off a gang of hip ballets that combined pop culture with pop music.

Arpino was really successful at this. The film doesn't fudge his reputation as a facile dancemaker who could taste the wind and make a ballet out of it. He scored big with peace-love epics like Trinity (1970), the apocalyptic The Clowns (1968), and the druggy Sacred Grove on Mt. Tamalpais (1972). Arpino could make ballet-ballets too, by the yard. His work was often vulgar and trivial, but it embossed an image of youthful daring onto the company and eventually contributed to the sexy physicality that characterizes contemporary dance now.



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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:42 AM

An obituary for the musician Ardash Marderosian in The Chicago Tribune.

He toured with the big jazz band-era greats, played regularly with the American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet and performed on television with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis Jr., Allan Sherman and Liza Minnelli, his family said.

But he got just a big a kick playing his trombone in the pit orchestra for the Three Stooges, his family said.



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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:43 AM

Michelle Obama will be the honorary chair of American Ballet Theatre's opening night.

A one-time only performance will showcase highlights from the company’s upcoming season, and 15 principal dancers.



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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:23 PM

Maurice Sendak has died at age 83.

The cause was complications of a recent stroke, said Michael di Capua, his longtime editor. Mr. Sendak, who died at Danbury Hospital, lived nearby in Ridgefield, Conn.

Roundly praised, intermittently censored and occasionally eaten, Mr. Sendak’s books were essential ingredients of childhood for the generation born after 1960 or thereabouts, and in turn for their children. He was known in particular for more than a dozen picture books he wrote and illustrated himself, most famously “Where the Wild Things Are,” which was simultaneously genre-breaking and career-making when it was published by Harper & Row in 1963.


A note by Moira Macdonald in The Seattle Times which reprints a statement by Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Seattleites have a special connection to Sendak: In 1983, he designed fanciful, wildly colorful "Nutcracker" sets and costumes for Pacific Northwest Ballet, for a production choreographed by Kent Stowell that's still an annual tradition for the company.


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Sendak teamed with PNB founding Artistic Director and Choreographer Kent Stowell in 1983 on “Nutcracker,” according to the PNB website. Sendak designed the sets and costumes.

The ballet drew on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”Sendak illustrated a 1984 edition of the original story, which ended up on the New York Times bestseller list for eight weeks.


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Sendak also created costumes for ballets and staged operas, including the Czech opera "Brundibar," which in 2003 he put on paper with his close friend, Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner. He designed sets for several productions at New York City Opera and he wrote the libretto for composer Oliver Knussen's opera adaptation of "Where the Wild Things Are," which premiered at Brussels' Theatre de la Monnaie in 1980 as "Max et les Maximontres." A revised final version debuted in 1984 in London.



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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:27 PM

Q&A with Mary Ellen Hundley, the executive director of Ballet Bellevue.

Tell us more about Artistic Director Bishop and a little bit about some of the dancers here today.

Bishop was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and started dancing at age eight. Now 54-years-old, Bishop owns Northwest Ballet School in Bellingham. His wife and some of his kids run the school in Bellingham when he is working with Ballet Bellevue.

Elizabeth Belyea is 27-years-old. She has danced professionally since graduating from high school in Toronto, Canada. She moved to Seattle, initially to attend Cornish College of The Arts. She is no longer at Cornish as she is working at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She found Ballet Bellevue by e-mailing me. I asked her to come audition for a part in our upcoming performance of “Satin & Steel.” She auditioned and has more than one role in Satin and Steel.



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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:44 PM

Ballet Tennessee celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this month.

The repertory, showcasing company dancers and returning alumni, is varied, exciting, and upbeat. ‘Concerto’, a new work by Barry VanCura, was recognized at the PANOPLY choreography competition in Huntsville, Ala., winning first prize in Ballet. It is a playful dance about the interactions between males and females. ‘Non Grata’ by Thomas Shoemaker is a dramatic contemporary ballet. Two works of student choreography by Ballet Tennessee dancers, ‘Just for Fun’ and ‘Limitations’, were awarded first and third prizes at Tennessee Association of Dance Student Choreography Showcase.



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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:46 PM

Alberta Ballet presents "Love Lies Bleeding" this month.

Next season, the ballet blasts off to Montreal and Ottawa. It is the first time Alberta Ballet has been invited to perform as part of Les Grands ballets Canadiens’ season, a particularly bright feather in the cap of Grand-Maitre, who spent 22 years in Montreal before coming to Calgary. The company will make the trip to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre twice next season, first with their lavish Nutcracker and again for the Elton John spectacle.

Negotiations are also in the works to take Love Lies Bleeding to Germany and the U.K. in 2013. With sights set on future Love Lies Bleeding tours to the U.S. and Australia, Alberta Ballet’s executive director Martin Bragg envisions this made-in-Alberta pop ballet leading to big ticket sales worldwide.




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